Dr Lauren Notini is a Research Fellow in Biomedical Ethics at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and Biomedical Ethics Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Dr Notini joined the Melbourne Law School in January 2018 to work alongside Professor Julian Savulescu and team in establishing a research programme focusing on the ethics and regulation of emerging genetic and other healthcare technologies. Dr Notini is working on various theoretical and empirical projects, including those relating to the ethical aspects of transgender healthcare, next-generation genetic sequencing in paediatrics, elective children’s surgeries, and emerging assisted reproductive technologies such as mitochondrial replacement and in vitro-derived gametes. Dr Notini is currently leading a one-year project funded by a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant, titled ‘The ethics of ongoing puberty suppression for gender non-binary youth.’
Before beginning her current Fellowship, Dr Notini completed a 2-year postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Bioethics at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics in Canada. During this Fellowship, Dr Notini conducted clinical ethics consultation, bioethics teaching, research ethics review, organisational policy development/review and academic bioethics research.
Dr Notini was awarded her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Her PhD project, titled ‘Appearance-altering facial surgery on children: An empirically informed ethical analysis,’ involved interviews with Australian surgeons to explore their decision making in this area.
Dr Notini has also completed a Master of Bioethics at Monash University (2011) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (2010) and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (2009) at the University of Melbourne.